Seriously, I don't do math. I know that there is the whole thing of "you need one inch of tail per stitch" to figure how long said tail should be. Well I don't do math and suck at the whole counting thing AND I have spacial recognition issues, plus who really always has their measuring tape at hand?! (okay, I do, its in the little coin purse full of itzy bitzy rubber bands I use as place markers and darning needles that goes wherever my knitting does but its all rolled up and it would be a pain in the butt to take it out, measure, and roll back up for a full few seconds.) Therefore, I usually eyeball. Which means I have to undo all the stitches and do it on again so freaking often it isn't even funny. Here's the inevitable process:
- Need 54 stitches, not a big deal, eyeball out and start happily casting on a German twisted stitch.
- Get to to 51, fingers have to do serious acrobatics to hold the tail, try try TRY to make the next few stitches.
- Swear profusely to myself while I unravel.
- Move a few inches up, attempt to cast on again
- For some reason I now have a foot long tail! wtf yarn, did you grow?!
- Sit there and discuss with myself whether or not its so important, knowing I'm going to have have a fabulous panic about having enough yarn, because I'm that person, constantly afraid I don't have enough for a project. Unravel after 5 minutes.
Repeat steps 1-6 at least 2 times before I'm happy.
Every. Darn. Time.
Plus side, moving on to the bi-colored mitts! Baby booties and gloves done, moving forward, woohoo! That is, if I ever get this cast on right.